(Im)patiently waiting for eggs

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by andysforrest, Oct 16, 2011.

  1. andysforrest

    andysforrest Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey y'all,

    My hens are 22 weeks and I'm not seeing any eggs! We have a combination of buff orpington, black australorp, patridge rocks, delawares and columbian wyandottes. Our weather is changing a little, but hasn't had any drastic changes and I know that the shorter days can make a difference, but how much??? Any thoughts you can share would be greatly appreciated. I'm trying to be patient!

    Andy [​IMG]
     
  2. johnsons-r-us

    johnsons-r-us Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I feel your pain [​IMG] I was checking my nest boxes every day for so long I just decided to stop. I didn't check the boxes for more than two weeks. One day I decided to try again, and found a nest full of of 11 perfect brown eggs!! I will happen. I only had that one laying (one of my buff's) for a couple of weeks, but now one of my BR's lays me a nice brown egg every day. [​IMG] It's much more fun going in to check now.....can't wait to find more! [​IMG]

    Good luck!!
     
  3. nickie

    nickie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should happen soon. I just started getting eggs from a rir and let me tell you, the wait for the second egg is harder than the first. The day I found my first one I went out for my daily disappointment (egg check) and to rake the bedding and there it was... The next day I was out there no fewer than 20 times looking until she left the second one at noon. It will happen. I knew she was going to lay by her ques: practicing egg song, larger RED comb and wattles, her vent went from a dime size to a fifty cent piece size and her comb flopped over (according to some laying usually starts soon after if that happens, but I don't know if that is true or a wives tail). The evening before she layed her first egg her vent was almost dripping it was so moist (i have gotten into the habit of checking lately to see how close I was getting to my first eggs). She was 18 weeks 4 days, but reds are known for starting earlier than others. Hope it helps.

    By the way she didn't lay today until 3:30 this afternoon.
     
  4. briter30

    briter30 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was looking for my Easter Eggers to lay starting at about 20 weeks. But they unfortunately didn't start laying until they were 24 weeks-29 weeks. My friend told me that her chickens didn't start laying until 8 months old! YIKES!
     
  5. Chick1043

    Chick1043 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are 27 weeks...But they're bantams...But that might not matter..lol
     
  6. LT

    LT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I still have 3 out of my flock of 9 that haven't started laying: 2 EE's and 1 Cuckoo Maran and they are 27 1/2 weeks.
     

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